Best low friction surface for table saw extention table

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Forum topic by vern posted 2646 days ago 4183 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to building an extention for my table saw what is the best low friction surface? Thnaks for your help.

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#1 posted 2646 days ago


Virtually no friction whatsoever.

The trick is to get it to stay on the table. Very tricky.

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#2 posted 2646 days ago

Clean Cast iron with wax. Or formica over MDF if you don’t have cast iron.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 2646 days ago

Formica veneer over whatever substrate you choose.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#4 posted 2646 days ago

Formica or any non-textured plastic laminate, or how about melamine?

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 2646 days ago

I’m also doing this currently, Vern. I’m removing a cast iron wing on my Grizzly 1023 and building a router extension. I have the plate and hardware, just debating on what surface to use. Seems like Formica is the consensus. I’d like to add a hinged outfeed table in the future. So many projects, so little shop time.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 2646 days ago

Also there is something called phenolic plywood that you can buy from Woodcraft. I read about it in ShopNotes vol 15 issue 87. I have been meaning to check this out for making jigs and a router table top and maybe even a table saw support (surround) surface. Anybody tried it?

-- John

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#7 posted 2646 days ago

Melamine works fine. There’s a balance between friction and slick. How slick do you really need? Just enough so it doesn’t bind. Melamine is cheap, glue cleans off it, and you can wirite on it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 2645 days ago

If you check out Niki’s posts you’ll see that he uses engineered flooring for his router table.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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